Every December

Every December

My kitchen fills with sweet scents

of sandbakkel* cookies.

(*pronounced like sun buckle)

Reindeer prance across

the lid of my box of tins,

tiny, fluted tins.



Butter softening,

Tins sorted into three lines

To rotate baking.




Old Mix Master from

Grandmother begins mixing.

First, softened butter.



Sugar is added.

Flour addition thickens dough,

use muscles to stir.




Thumbs push and press dough.

Bake until golden brown, cool.

Will cookies crumble?




Some cookies shatter when pressed.

Who will eat those? Me!



Sandbakkels to share,

Sandbakkels to enjoy with

my morning coffee.



Every December,

these Norwegian cookies keep

traditions alive.

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21 thoughts on “Every December

  1. Terje says:

    Yummy. I can imagine the buttery sweet cookies melting on a tongue. I wouldn’t eat only the crumbled ones but many others too.

  2. Mouthwatering pics
    Christmas joys in colored tins
    Joyful tradition!

    Love your pho-kus (especially the pic of butter softening) and the step-by-step process.

  3. tamtomatoe says:

    You’re back! I can feel and smell the cookies you’re making–warm and sweet. Love your haiku. Right now haiku tiles hang on my frig door–need to make one for December still and waiting for grandkids to compose their thoughts. I’ve baked more cookies this year than I have for a long time. Nothing like homemade, Elsie, and verse to go along with it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  4. Joyce says:

    Sure makes my heart happy to see your cookies! I have a very dear friend that always bakes her Norwegian holiday recipes. Sure hope one day you can teach those grands your recipe.๐ŸŽ„

  5. As I sit here drinking coffee while reading your post, I wish I could reach out and help myself to a few of those delicious looking cookies. I love your method of sharing, too. In my house, we go for the German treats: Pfeffernusse, marzipanstollen, and lebkuchen cookies, though I’m willing to expand my horizons (meaning my waistline) to try some of yours!

  6. Phillip van someren says:

    A MixMaster!!! Would have put you down as a red KithenAide stand mixer with breadhook, pasta maker, meat grinder kinda woman.

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